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5 O'clock Shadow Double Black Lager - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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90
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88 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 18
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
5 O’Clock Shadow Double Black Lager is brewed in the German Schwarzbier (black beer) tradition. Schwarzbier is to lager what stout or porter is to ale. Like those dark British beers, Schwarzbier has long been considered nourishing and even curative. German doctors often recommend Schwarzbier for nursing mothers. Our Brewmaster, born in Munich, was the beneficiary of just such advice.

We have taken the traditional Schwarzbier, intended to be a “session beer” with typically moderate alcohol, and almost doubled its strength to 7.6% alcohol by volume. We brewed our version with a fine balance of crystal and roasted malts and spiced it with noble hops. We fermented 5 O’Clock Shadow at cold temperatures with a select German lager yeast and cold-conditioned it for over four months to create a velvety smooth, easy drinking springtime brew.

This German lager pours a deep brown, almost black color with ruby highlights. It has soft dark chocolate notes with hints of caramel and a light roasty finish.

38 IBU

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 02-02-2012)
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Happy_Camper


4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

04-25-2012 18:00:02 | More by Happy_Camper
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beagle75

Iowa

4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a half-pint chalice.

A: Clear, dark brown color that shows no light at its core, with one finger of diminishing mocha-tinted foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Roast is aggressive and slightly unctuous, suggestive of strong black coffee. Earth is a bit musty, complementing other dark qualities.

T: Begins off-dry, with creamy brown malt and sedate earthy hops. Acidity is extremely restrained, as more bitter roast emerges in the middle. Bitter chocolate is suggested in the waning finish that tapers down nicely, leaving a restrained earthy bitterness to linger on the palate.

M: Medium to think viscosity, velvety smooth and creamy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: Smooth beyond belief, this is the strong dark beer I have been waiting for. It achieves such clarity of purpose in its ability to transmit pure roasted qualities. While clean, understand that this beer is more of a bold American creation than any real attempt to faithfully recreate a continental recipe--but that's okay. Another home-run for Grand Teton!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 22:46:36 | More by beagle75
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RandyKemka

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

10-28-2012 02:07:50 | More by RandyKemka
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

10-07-2012 11:25:39 | More by mendvicdog
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

05-08-2013 00:17:03 | More by cadaugherty
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elec

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

03-10-2012 03:26:29 | More by elec
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

01-14-2014 02:20:36 | More by mattmarka1
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TubbyDullard

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

07-23-2012 18:59:22 | More by TubbyDullard
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CMB2012

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

02-09-2012 21:46:04 | More by CMB2012
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

03-16-2012 23:33:46 | More by PEIhop
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA. Shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a pleasant clear and clean black, with a bubbly but solid head of mild yellow-brown. Lacing is spotty. Body looks rather fluid, but slick, and it holds carbonation well.

Nose is lovely. Toasty malts leavened by a mild touch of something bright, fresh and even a little lemony. Dark rye bread, spread with cream cheese and shallots. It's a beautiful balance between darkness and light. Love it.

Taste is also excellent. Lovely clear lines to the feel and the vectors through the palate, delivering solid toasty malt all the way. Flavours of mild chocolate, a little crust and some dark seed cake on the back. This is all beautifully balanced with a really lovely dryness and a lovely clear but slick feel. Only a lager delivers that integration and lightness.

Overall, I love it. Black lagers are well underrated: this a superb example of why this should not be the case. This is clean and pleasant, but loaded with flavour and character. More craft lagers, please!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 03:35:15 | More by lacqueredmouse
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51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a normal pint glass. 2012 date on the label.

A: Nearly opaque black body, some brown highlights on the edges. Nice dense off white head.

S: Nice clean roastyness. Maybe a slight fruitiness as well.

T: Good roast malt flavor up front, mild bitterness. Clean and complex finish. Not as much going on as a stout or porter, but actually refreshing.

M: On the low end of carbonation, mouthfeel works well. More residual sweetness than I'd except, but not overboard.

O: A very clean roasty beer of high alcohol. I don't think I'm had anything quite like this. If I feel like a dark strong, but easy drinking beer, this would do it.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 04:28:58 | More by 51mmz0rz
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rand

California

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Tiger! Tiger!, poured into a pint glass

The brew pours jet black in appearance and form a small chocolate-tan head. Small patches of lacing touch the glass, and it looks fairly viscous.

The chocolate malts establish the bouquet and they carry notes of buttery bread. Earthy grains poke through, a touch of hop dryness in the distance.

Roasty, chocolate malts are again the big player on the palate, slightly sweet and smoky. There aren't a lot of hop charecteristics to meet te sweet malts, but they're not needed - this brew is eminently drinkable. A little buttery, creamy mid-sip, which gives the beer a deeper complexion than you'd expect. The hops do their part towards the end, leading to a dry finish that leaves almost no lingering flavors between sips.

Damn, this has to be one of the better schwartzbiers I've tried. A little richer than some of the German varieties, but I hate getting hung up on categories. This is just a damn good brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2012 04:55:11 | More by rand
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bashiba

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark black with some dark clear mahogany highlights, a nice sticky dark tan head with lots of lacing.

The smell is very good, big char, smoke, and a bit of leather.

The flavor is both full and restrained at the same time, lots of nice complex flavors going on with none of them overpowering the others. Nice levels of smoke and char along with subtle chocolate and a nice touch of earthy bitterness giving it a very nice even quality.

The mouthfeel is very dry and clean.

Very nice big Schwarzbier.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 02:40:22 | More by bashiba
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Blakaeris

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, almost black. Head is dense and creamy.

Aroma is smokey, charred dark grain with a touch of chocolate.

Taste is rich smokey dark malt and powdered cocoa up front. Then dark fruit makes an appearance - raisin and date. Woody and nutty. Finishes with charred dark grain and mild earthy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

A flavorful malt experience. Smoke is apparent, but understated.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 02:21:16 | More by Blakaeris
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black with raisin colored highlights, and a two finger tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has dark roasted malt and a little bit of caramel.

The taste has dark roasted malt, caramel, and cocoa. Does a nice job of combining the light sweetness of cocoa and caramel, with the bitterness of dark roasted malt. Neither is overpowering. Nicely balanced.

Medium bodied with modest carbonation. Slightly creamy. Has a slightly sweet aftertaste. A very nice Schwarzbier from Grand Teton.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 01:10:45 | More by hardy008
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

09-17-2012 21:08:58 | More by NilocRellim
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cspieth

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-13-2012 01:40:03 | More by cspieth
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

06-02-2012 06:08:28 | More by GRG1313
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

10-07-2012 21:40:33 | More by st9647v3
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b2rade2n

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

08-15-2012 00:20:52 | More by b2rade2n
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bluckbeyes

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

10-23-2012 21:33:53 | More by bluckbeyes
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speedvagen

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

06-01-2013 11:09:07 | More by speedvagen
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle marked with a "2012" sticker. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack edition tulip glass.

Appearance - Body is a rich, dark black with twinges of brown topped by a creamy tan one-finger head that never completely dissipates and leaves light, soapy-looking lacing as I drink it down.

Smell - Roasted malt and mild undertones of fresh-brewed espresso as well as aromas or rich cacao. Toasted bread and some hint of charred wood, but not smoky.

Taste - Echoes the notes of the smell, with the charred wood and roasty malt flavors at the forefront. Again, the coffee is hinted at, and evolves into a semisweet chocolate finish. Some bitterness as well, but it's hard to tell if it comes from hops or from the charred characteristics because of how well the flavors blend together.

Mouthfeel - In spite of the rich flavor profiles, the body is only moderate and this beer finishes dry and clean.

Overall, a wonderful beer. My first schwarzbier, so I dont have a great frame of reference, but I'm very impressed by the blend of flavors and how well the alcohol is hidden. Grand Teton would do well to open this one back up for production, as it is quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 03:27:15 | More by LambicPentameter
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

05-11-2012 01:56:34 | More by WanderingFool
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5 O'clock Shadow Double Black Lager from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.